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3 Kids & A 40th at MY Castle Pre Trippie

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by Dizneyblonde, Jul 15, 2008.

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    She's all sorts of excited and wants me to make a reservation like NOW!! :lol: I explained to her about a half dozen times already that if we want free dining we have to wait until spring and she just may not make it until then :rolleyes008::lol:
     
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    You can make a reservation now and then transfer it to free dining if and when it comes out.
     
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    Now that's an idea and it would give her something to obsess about. I'm not kidding either. You guys think I'm bad, it ain't nothing compared to her :lol:

    Although, if they don't do free dining then I don't think either of us can afford to do this either :(

    She said to tell you again Johnie, that's she's sorry she didn't get to see you at all. I told her that I was sure that you would forgive her :p015:
     
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    After looking at the price difference between a moderate and value, it looks like we'll be staying at POP for this trip :D
     
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    We could well be doing the same yet hun.

    The more i think about it and the more i hear the less i am bothered about the free dining.

    We would have to upgrade to moderate,upgrade the dining from quick and pay gratuities.
    We had far too much to eat last time and would be eating some meals for the sake of it.
    As it will be our last one for a while i think i'd rather spend my time with the kids running round the parks like a lunatic than sitting in a restaurant for hours.

    We might be lucky and have the quick dining at the values then i would consider upgrading but i will have to have a serious think and work out if we would actually spend the amount it would cost to upgrade on eating counter service and doing a couple of ADR's.
     
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    Part 15 - Decisions,Decisions 337 days to go

    Following on from Dorothy's thoughts on having to upgrade to moderate to qualify for free dining then upgrading from quick to full i decided to do a bit of costing for next year.

    Value
    POP $82X10 - $820
    Couple of ADR's kids want to do:-
    Ohana(breakfast buffet)-$60 + $12(grat)
    Dinosaur - $80 + $16(grat)
    1900 Park Fare - $90 + £18(grat)
    CS for 3 X 10 days $400

    All prices approximate
    Total $1496

    Approx $1500

    Moderate
    POR $149 X 10 - $1490
    Upgrade from quick to full $8ppX3X10 - $240
    10 X ADR Gratuities approx $200
    Extra tickets to qualify for DDP - $250

    Again all apprx
    Total $2180

    Approx $2200

    I haven't added tax for rooms yet as that would be added to both booking anyway.
    Hope i haven't forgotten anything.I'm sure someone will tell me if i have.

    So the difference is $700.

    For that we would get 10 TS meals instead of 3
    All CS paid for and snacks
    6 park days instead of 5
    Moderate hotel instead of Value.


    So is it worth it?

    Did you know it would take 4,000 CDs to fill the Jukebox at All Star Music which is enough to play for 135 days without hearing the same CD twice?
     
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    You like us don't spend a lot of time at the resort so I wouldn't think it would be worth it for you to pay the extra for the upgrade of resort alone.

    Dining - only you know how important that is to you. It is a very important part of our holiday, but then we are at disney for 21 days so can afford the time in restaurants, if I only had 5 or 6 days at disney I wouldn't want to and would be quite happy grabbing and going. :D

    The extra day at Disney - as you have been in August before do you think you will get everything you want to done in 5 days as opposed to 6?

    Sorry probably not a ot of help there! :lol:
     
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    Of course the ideal scenario would be that the US are offered quick service at Value and we upgrade to full dining while staying at POP :D
     
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    Are you able to book room only now and then add on free dining afterwards then?

    We will be booking 3 nights at POR in a couple of weeks, would we be able to upgrade to free dining if it was added later?

    Seems a bit too good to be true. :unsure:
     
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    LOL thanks Lisa :D
     
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    We already have 10 nights booked at POP and have paid a deposit of 1 night's stay.

    When the free dining is announced Val will either change our booking at POP to include it and upgrade the dining or will move us to POR so we get the quick service and upgrade that.
     
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    OK thanks - so we may be able to get free dining for 3 nights :)
     
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    You will have to book at least 1 days park pass for everyone to qualify though.
     
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    Oh yeah I had forgotten about that little fact :lol:
     
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    As soon as I get my paycheck next Friday I am going to have Johnie who is now a TA (way to go Johnie) book POP from Wednesday Aug 26th leaving on Monday Aug 31st for Diane and I. I wish I could do the whole week, but doing 5 days is better than none :D

    I think for us that the free dining is the way to go and as soon as it's annouced in the spring then Johnie will call and add it on to our reservation.

    As for where we are going to eat when, I was thinking that when it got closer we could all get together and decide and then let Johnie make all the ADRs for the group since we're looking at 12 people right now without anyone else being added in.
     
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    Part 16 - On the case!!

    In the past we have always taken cases which was ok when the luggae allowance was 32kg.

    Now it has been dropped to 23kg i decided we would take wheeled holdalls on next year's trip.

    When we were in Plymouth a cuple of weeks ago i spotted a bargain in Priceless shoes but we forgot to go back to the shop before we came home.
    Yesterday we went back to see if they still had them and came home with a blue one for Jack and pink for Robyn.At £10 each i think they will do just fine!They are quite big too so may even go back and get one for myself.

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    Part 17 - I-Drive Hotel

    We have looked at so many hotels and have changed our minds so many times but we had our hearts set on the Fairfield or the Hampton until i found out that they have no in room safe.
    Our 3rd choice was the Metropolitan Express which we stayed at in 2001 when it was the Holiday Inn Express and we loved it.

    We have decided that this is definitely where we want to stay and i've found a price of £219 on Alpha Rooms and Travel Republic.If i book through Quidco i can save even more too.


    Has anyone booked through these companies before?
     
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    Hun i have used Travel Republic and they were great. To the point that our flight times were changed and they called at the time of change and the day before we went, Just to make sure we were aware.
     
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    Great thanks for that hun.

    Just waiting to hear if Val can get it any cheaper then i will book.

    price has gone up since last week i assume due to the exchamge rate so the sooner i book the better.
     
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    Lisa, thats what i did last year, the CM was absolutely fine about it.
     

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